Fall 2015 TSC Recap

RECAP

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Fall 2015 TSC saw more participants than ever. Incredible results, and INSPIRING efforts!

So many PRs — among them, a few ladies who achieved their first-ever pull-ups on this day — right next to PRs like Jake Garcia’s, of 10kg weighted pull-ups for 16 reps, for the first time (as well a PR in snatches, quite accurately reported as “5 minutes in hell”).

Many people PRd in all three lifts, including Chad Paulus, Kristen O’Brien, Dennis Koester, Toni Pluess-Hefter, and Mark Albert, just to name a few. Jessica Cenidoza participated for the first time this year, after having five kids – and set a lifetime PR in her deadlift. Hilary Paris also went for it for the first time, just eleven weeks after having a kid. James Sjostrom did not have his best TSC. But since he had sliced off half of his left index finger just two weeks before and still competed, we won’t give him too much grief about it (and we’ll also spare you the gory [though awesome] photo). And in San Clemente, Marilyn Bender Katzmark stole the show with a 250lb deadlift, at the age of 76.

What a great event. The spirit and camaraderie on this day — like Derek Toshner — cannot be beat. Thank you to everyone who participated, especially the hosts, who are listed below.

TOP COMBINED SCORES IN EACH CATEGORY

Now, let us acknowledge the highest combined scores in each of the eight categories. (For full rankings and results, please visit the leaderboard HERE.)

WOMEN’S NOVICE

In first place, Vix Sharp at Hybrid Fitness in Belfast.
146 snatches, 81 second FAH, and 264 DL.

In second place, Mahlako Mahapa at The Yard Athletic in Johannesburg.
134 snatches, 81 second FAH, and 320 DL.

Tied for third place, Paula Smyth at Box 3 in Perth.
143 snatches, 92 second FAH, and 254 DL.

Also in third, Beth Amman at The Phoenix Gym in Salt Lake City.
149 snatches, 69 second FAH, and 285 DL.

WOMEN’S OPEN

In first place, Christine Kuczek at Chicago Primal Gym in IL.
150 snatches, 14 pull-ups, and 295 DL.

In second place, Katy Duncan at Box 33 in Perth.
145 snatches, 13 pull-ups, and 296 DL.

In third place, Karen Searle also at Box 33 in Perth.
129 snatches, 13 pull-ups, and 309 DL.

WOMEN’S ELITE

In first place, Anna Dovi at Iron Mind Performance & Fitness in Dryden NY.
95 snatches, 11 pull-ups, and 355 DL.

Tied for second place, Cori Berg at TNT Performance in Brookfield WI.
112 snatches, 8 pull-ups, and 280 DL.

Also in second place, Kelly Almond at Box 33 in Perth. (Box 33 again!)
142 snatches, 3 pull-ups, and 353 DL.

WOMEN’S MASTERS

In first place, Elizabeth Arndt at Omaha Elite Kettlebell in NE.
150 snatches, 4 pull-ups, and 300 DL.

In second place, Monika Lowe at Fit 2 Recover in Salt Lake City.
141 snatches, 9 pull-ups, and 235 DL.

In third place, Michele Payne at Empowered Strength in Bend, OR.
126 snatches, 5 pull-ups, and 275 DL.

MEN’S NOVICE

In first place, The Flavinator(?) at Box 33 in Perth!
153 snatches, 20 pull-ups, and 485 DL.

In second place, Blake Christenson at VAULT Fitness in Eden Prairie MN.
139 snatches, 18 pull-us, and 475 DL.

Tied for third place, Troy Nielsen also at Omaha Elite Kettlebell.
152 snatches, 17 pull-ups, and 455 DL.

Also in third place, Matt Nichols at Catskill Kettlebells in Delhi NY.
136 snatches, 16 pull-ups, and 485 DL.

MEN’S OPEN

Tied for first place, Aldo Alberico at Crossfit Lugo in Ravenna, Italy.
148 snatches, 22 pull-ups, and 573 DL.

Also in first place, Tim Almond at Box 33!
154 snatches, 31 pull-ups, and 518 DL.

In third place, Jason Marshall at Lone Star Kettlebell in Lubbock TX.
132 snatches, 20 pull-ups, and 610 DL.

MEN’S ELITE

In first place, Derek Toshner also at TNT Performance in Brookfield WI.
134 snatches, 21 pull-ups, and 625 DL.

In second place, Jake Garcia at Hardstyle KBJJ in Corpus Christi TX.
106 snatches, 16 pull-ups, and 573 DL.

In third place, Adam DeMarais also at VAULT Fitness in Eden Prairie.
101 snatches, 14 pull-ups, and 630 DL.

MEN’S MASTERS

Tied for first place, Phil Neumann also at Catskill Kettlebells in Delhi NY.
120 snatches, 13 pull-ups, and 430 DL.

Also in first place, Greg Havlik also at VAULT Fitness in Eden Prairie.
144 snatches, 21 pull-ups, and 365 DL.

And in third place, James Patrick Cummings also at Catskill Kettlebells.
110 snatches, 22 pull-ups and 340 DL.

Congratulations to all of you!

SNAPSHOTS

(just a few random photos from the day)

HealthTracks Performance in Springfield, MO
HealthTracks Performance in Springfield, MO
Catskill Kettlebells
Catskill Kettlebells
Lois Tatro's first-ever Tactical Strength Challenge: 235 lb deadlift and 82 - 26 lbs kettlebell snatches in 5 minutes, at BeStrong Training in Wichita KS.
Lois Tatro’s first-ever Tactical Strength Challenge with a 235lb DL and 82 snatches at BeStrong Training in Wichita KS.
the Gainz crew in Vancouver WA
The Gainz crew in Vancouver WA
Good advice.
Good advice.
Aleana and Cory Myers
Aleana and Cory Myers
Better. in Gig Harbor WA
Better. in Gig Harbor WA
Efx in Manchester NH
Efx in Manchester NH
Derek Toshner (elite division champion)'s daughter Lydia, age 8
Derek Toshner (elite division champion)’s daughter Lydia, age 8
JM Custom Fitness
JM Custom Fitness in Duluth MN
Jake Garcia, second-place finisher in the Elite division: "Besides all the kettlebell work I do and body weight practice, I am proud to say that I have pulled over 3.25 times my bodyweight with no other assistance lifts or gimmicks just the practice of the DL itself. If I have learned anything about barbell or kettlebell training is that strength is a skill, and that skill must be practiced."
Jake Garcia, second-place finisher in the Elite division: “Besides all the kettlebell work I do and body weight practice, I am proud to say that I have pulled over 3.25 times my bodyweight with no other assistance lifts or gimmicks just the practice of the DL itself. If I have learned anything about barbell or kettlebell training is that strength is a skill, and that skill must be practiced.”
Kettlebility!
Kettlebility!
One of the 60 (sixty!) competitors at The Phoenix Gym in Salt Lake City
One of the 60 (sixty!) competitors at The Phoenix Gym in Salt Lake City
Maureen Harris at Skill of Strength got PR's in all events, including 15 (perfect) pull-ups.
Maureen Harris at Skill of Strength got PRs in all events, including 15 (perfect) pull-ups.
"I'd like to thank this guy for believing his mamma could do this strength stuff. In 6 months I've increased the amount of kettlebell snatches done for 5 minutes from 83 to 103 with a 12 kilo bell. AND I've increased my dead lift from 160 pounds to 195!!! Thanks for pushing, believing in and keeping me healthy Eric Grimsley!" — Eric Grimsley's mom
“I’d like to thank this guy for believing his mamma could do this strength stuff. In 6 months I’ve increased the amount of kettlebell snatches done for 5 minutes from 83 to 103 with a 12 kilo bell. AND I’ve increased my dead lift from 160 pounds to 195!!! Thanks for pushing, believing in and keeping me healthy Eric Grimsley!” —Eric Grimsley’s mom, Va
Brian Wright's group in Ashburn VA
Brian Wright’s group in Ashburn VA
Kinetic Fitness in Duluth MN
Kinetic Fitness in Duluth MN
Sara O'Neill at her first TSC, and PRd her deadlift
Sara O’Neill at her first TSC, and also PRd her deadlift

PARTICIPATING HOST FACILITIES

Finally, thank you to every one of these facilities for hosting this Fall 2015 Tactical Strength Challenge.

ACTIV Physical Therapy
Armour Building / CrossFit Chatahoochee
Art & Strength
Athletic Leaders
Atlanta Strength and Conditioning-Marietta
Barefoot Fitness / KMG Greystones
BeStrong Training
better., LLC
BKC Gym
Box 33
Breakthrough Strength & Fitness
Buckeye Kettlebells
Catalyst Strength Studio
Catskill Kettlebells
Charleston Kettlebell Club
Chicago Primal Gym
Crossfit Epitome
CrossFit I35
CrossFit Lower Town
CrossFit Lugo
CrossFit RIED
EFX Fitness
Empowered Strength
FIREBELLZ
Fit 2 Recover
FUELHOUSE
Full Force Personal Training
Function 5 Fitness
Functional Training Prague
Gainz Strength Training Gym
HARDSTYLE KBJJ
HealthTracks Performance Training Center
Heaven Hell asd
Heavy Metal Girya
Hybrid fitness
Hybrid Gym
Industrial Strength
Iron Mind Performance & Fitness
Iron Strength Kettlebell Gym
Ironkore performance training systems inc
Junkyard Training Center
KB5 Gym Praha
Kettlebell X Training
KETTLEBILITY
Kinetic Fitness
Lone Star Kettlebell
Los Campeones Gym
Method Training
Mojo Strength
Move Physical Therapy
NJ Kettlebells
Noonan Sport Specialists
North Beach Kettlebell
Omaha Elite Kettlebell
Primitive Strength
Queen City Kettlebell
Reactive Training
SCT – Bittan Academy
Skill of Strength
Sleeping Tiger Fitness
Spencer School of Strength
StrongFirst Israel
Test Fitness
The Lab Strength & Fitness
The Phoenix Gym
The Yard Athletic
TNT Fitness Results – West Bend
TNT Performance
Tysons Playground
VAULT Fitness
Velocity Strength & Fitness
Victory Strength and Fitness
WillPower Strength & Conditioning

TSC GEAR

For extra tees and tanks, be sure to get your orders in in the NEXT THREE DAYS. The store will be closed forever after the 7th.

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NEXT UP…

The Spring 2016 TSC will take place on April 23. Fall 2016 on October 1. Mark your calendars!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU!

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